What makes a good Tasmanian pub? Is it the location, the food, the atmosphere… or does a cold beer cover the entire list of essential requirements? We thought we’d tackle another Best in Tassie Challenge via Facebook, and here’s the results.
Best Pub in Tassie: What’s Your Pick?
Here’s the question we posed on our Facebook page…
We think there’s some great pubs in Tassie. Would you agree? If we asked you to nominate your favourite, what would you say? And you should be aware, we’re very likely to write another “Best in Tassie Challenge” article quoting your answers.
The post was accompanied by a picture of the pub in down-town Weldborough, a very pleasant place in the heart of north east Tasmania. We answered many questions about the photo, and we hope all those readers have since enjoyed the hospitality of business owners Mark and Felicity Montgomery. They certainly made us feel welcome when we paid them a visit for Think Tasmania.
Best Pub in Tassie Challenge
Besides the feedback about the photo of the Weldborough Pub, there were also lots of comments that didn’t address the specific question. So we’ve eliminated all the extra jargon. Anyone was welcome to leave a message on our page, and here’s a list of all the relevant responses we received…
Brenda ~ Grape
Katrin ~ Rosevears Waterfront Tavern
Mick ~ Longley International
Garry ~ Stanley Hotel Tasmania and The Pub in the Paddock
Anthony ~ Franklin Tavern
Chrisi ~ Pontville in Hobart
Dianne ~ Elimatta for the view… meals aren’t bad either
Deb ~ Mole Creek. Excellent service – great little pub
Julie ~ Hotel Bruny. Southernmost Pub in Australia. Great food, great service, great company. Hub of my lifestyle, fun place to be
Katherine ~ Fern Tree Tavern…!!!
Maree ~ Shipwright’s Arms Hotel
Expert Opinion: Think Tasmania Pub Aficionado
Roger Findlay feels well-placed to judge a good pub. “I think you might be struggling to find a few that I haven’t frequented. I think I’ve covered the best two and the other (Gunners Arms) got burnt down. Bring them on” he challenged. With 765 articles published by a great team of contributors, it’s sometimes hard to remember every story precisely. But the “best two” pubs he’s referring to would perhaps be the Royal Oak in Launceston and the pub known as Shippies in Battery Point.
Roger obviously has a very long list of places he’d recommend. When he can bring a conversation about breakfast around to an early-morning meeting at the pub, you know he’s dedicated to the cause.
These are the other establishments Roger mentioned in various comments during this mission to name the best pub in Tassie…
- Knopwood’s Retreat, a favourite meeting place
- Gretna Pub is welcoming
- The Pub at Bellerive isn’t too bad
- The Furneaux Tavern has a great view
- Whitemark pub has excellent meals
Carol Haberle wrote a wonderful article about Tyenna Valley in the south west of Tasmania. During her visit to the region, she was welcomed by the good folks at the National Park Hotel and given a guided tour of the property.
In an article detailing several things to to in Stanley, Janette Bishop from Beachside Retreat West Inlet wrote “the award-winning Stanley Hotel does an excellent counter meal.” We also published a story called Dunalley Hotel: the Pub on the Hill about our dining experience therein. Of course, the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston would rarely be called a pub, but we’ve written about our experience with meals and accommodation there too!
Likewise, the Lilydale Tavern Bakery Cafe. And we stopped at the Lufra Hotel at Eaglehawk Neck on our Tassie Comeback Tour of the Tasman Peninsula. Michelle has stayed at the Ikon Hotel in Burnie on behalf of Think Tasmania, and the Waratah pub has also been mentioned, more than once. The Empire Hotel in Queenstown; the Wilderness Hotel in Derwent Bridge… somebody stop me!
Think Tasmania: Pub Crawl
It’s dangerous to generate a pub-crawl list from articles we’ve published via Think Tasmania in case we inadvertently forget someone. But if we’ve written about the pub, it’s good. We wouldn’t have mentioned it otherwise.
And that’s it for the Best in Tassie Challenge to find a favourite pub. As always, you’re welcome to leave your own expert opinions in the comments section below. It’s free and easy to do that you know; and we welcome reader feedback.
All relevant and reasonable opinions are welcome in Think Tasmania discussions. The submission of topic ideas for future Best in Tassie Challenges from readers and interested parties will also be considered.
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